Flood response update

Thanks for understanding that current events have kept us from updating the continued great reaction to the needs in flood-affected areas.

Since our last update, and October 31 update, here’s the activity we’ve heard of:

  • Led by Gina Valenze of the UFT, the Habitat For Humanity Club and UFT members at the Queens High School of Teaching collected backpacks, school supplies, household cleaning, and other items for Binghamton High School.
  • NYSUT Board member Cathy Savage reports that members from ED 45 raised $600 for NYSUT Disaster relief recently.
  • Retirees and teachers from the Owego Apalachin TA helped with distributing 18 to 20 large boxes of books to the Owego Elementary school, and to the homes of children in the area.
  • NYSUT Board member Eileen Healey reports the Jamestown TA donated $1000 to NYSUT’s disaster relief fund and sent over 500 children’s literature books for Southern Tier schools.
  • The New York State Library Association donated boxes of new books. Most are being stored until Binghamton school libraries will have the space to accept them.
  • Retiree Council 12 members raised $1,065 for NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund and then voted to add $250 from the RC 12 treasury. A number of retirees from the council have volunteered time in Schoharie, Middleburgh, Prattsville, Schenectady, Rotterdam Junction, Scotia and other areas.
  • The Baldwinsville TA has started a collection for the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund.
  • The Wappingers, Middle Country, South Glens Falls, Rome and Solvay local unions have donated to various schools in flood affected areas.
  • NYSUT Board member Tom Mathews reports United University Professional chapters at SUNY Owego and SUNY Geneseo have helped to clean up homes several times. Also SUNY Delhi sponsored an event “Running for Relief” for NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund.
  • The Westhill District Employees Association has adopted specific NYSUT members from flood-stricken areas. Giving trees in the schools, (a suburb of Syracuse) will collect items through the end of this month.
  • Led by Marilyn Manley, UFT members from PS 65 in Queens collected new and barely used televisions, VCRs, DVDs and carts for the homes of students in the Schoharie schools and members of the Schoharie TA.
  • Port Jefferson Station TA President Beth Dimino report the local sponsored a bus of members students and parents to help rebuild homes in Schoharie Nov. 4. The PJSTA also donated $100 to the Schoharie TA.

If you have an update, (like how much money your members raised, or which specific school or classroom you are adopting, or if your local’s outreach is missing altogether, please call me at (800) 342-9810 ext. 6283, or email to bsandber@nysutmail.org or comment on the blog.

Remember, this is about locals helping locals. Specific individual efforts are wonderful, and keep doing them, but how about getting others in your local union involved? Then I can blog about you!

Know that everything you’ve done is so appreciated. The best, and sometimes worst, part of my job is dealing with your overwhelming generosity. More to come on that later.

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